What is oral sedation? Oral sedation is a form of sleep dentistry medicine that uses a prescription sedative to help the patient relax for a few hours at a time. The medication is taken by mouth about one hour prior to the appointment, so that the full effects have been achieved before treatment is scheduled to begin. In some cases the patient may be given a second dose of sedative at the time of treatment to further enhance their level of comfort.
The prescription medication that is used for oral sedation is also an amnesiac. That means most patients remember absolutely nothing (or extremely little) about their appointment at all. However, you’ll be semi-conscious enough to be led into the treatment room, follow basic instructions, and respond to simple yes-or-no questions. It will almost feel as if you are taking a very heavy nap and are in a dream-like state of mind.
It’s important to have someone such as a friend or family member drive you to and from your sedation dentistry appointment, since you will be unable to drive yourself. Most medication wears off within a few hours, giving you time to return back home and get comfortable after your procedure.
Oral sedation can be used on patients of all ages. It is a great way to sit back, relax, and have all of your oral care needs taken care of at one appointment. Most healthy individuals are candidates for oral sedation, but your dentist will perform a health history review and screening to determine whether or not you are a candidate for the procedure. Call your dentist to ask about adding oral sedation to your next treatment visit!
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Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
Many people suffer from dental anxiety or dental phobia. Estimates vary, but about 10 to 15 percent of Americans avoid going to the dentist entirely due to fear or anxiety about dental treatment. Of those Americans who do get regular dental care, a large percentage have anxiety and fear that results in a dental procedure that is much more uncomfortable than it needs to be, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
Mild to moderate dental anxiety can be easily addressed with oral sedatives that put the patient into a deeply relaxed state. Oral sedatives have much less risk than general anesthesia and the dental procedure can be completed in the dentist’s office rather than in an operating room.
Most oral sedation dentistry patients report that the dental procedure went by very quickly and they cannot remember most of it. They typically are so relaxed that they do not feel the injection of local anesthetic. The combination of oral sedatives and local anesthetic results in a dental procedure that is virtually painless and is free of anxiety or fear.
Even though patients cannot generally remember the procedure, they are conscious during the procedure and can respond to commands and answer questions. Patients do not lose consciousness with oral sedation although some patients will doze during the dental procedure.
Oral sedation is a very safe way for dental patients to address anxiety about dental procedures. It helps motivate dental patients with mild to moderate dental anxiety to have regular dental care. If you are one of the millions of Americans who dreads going to the dentist, talk to your dentist about the benefits of oral sedation.
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